Who were the Holocaust Rescuers?

Category: Season 3


Professor Guillaume de Syon

Albright College

Professor Guillaume de Syon hails from France and Switzerland, but has called Lancaster, PA, home since 1994. Specialized in both European history and the history of technology, he teaches Holocaust-related courses at Albright College in Reading, PA.

Many of us have heard of Holocaust rescuers, perhaps through film maker Steven Spielberg’s award-winning  “Schindler’s List”. And the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem lists hundreds of “Righteous Gentiles” who chose to risk everything to help Jews in danger. Yet what makes someone into a rescuer, and why didn’t more people, or even nations try to help during the years of extermination? This presentation will consider the types of rescuers that came about during the tragedy as well as the circumstances they faced in reaching their decision to assist one or thousands of people.

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